How many of us dream of home?
A few days ago, I had a prophetic dream in which I had thought I was at a familiar place but soon realized that I had been transported to another dimension.
I was traveling east from a tiny rural town near my home. I suddenly came across a fork in the road where there had been no fork before. Something told me to go left, so I did.
In a flash, I was in a front yard, standing before a large, white house. The front yard was small but the back yard had no end. There was an uncovered patio where I saw a round table filled with cylindrical lamps. The shades were of various sizes, ornately decorated. In moments, my sister came walking across the front yard. I was still not totally sure of what was happening but I knew I was in Heaven and the house was mine.
What happened next was strange enough but stranger still was what I said to her. “Oh, here, let me give you a present. We didn’t get to celebrate your birthday.” My sister’s birthday, in February had obviously not happened yet.
I looked at the table and picked up one of the cylindrical lamps, but the shade toppled, and I saw that these were not really lamps but candles. The flame started licking the sides. No damage, but I searched around for another.
When I lifted that shade, I saw that the light was fake — an LED light as cheap as any Christmas gag gift you would find at Wal-Mart.
I woke up at that point. I knew there was a message in the dream, but I didn’t know what. My first inclination was to look on up Jewish Festivals to see if any occurred in January. It my was Toibvious to me that our arrival surprisein Heaven had preceded my sister’s birthday, February 26. I learned there are four Jewish New Years: Rosh Hashanah, the Festival of Harvest , is only one.
Evangelists have pointed to this late September festival as a prime candidate for the gathering of the saints known to many as the “rapture,” or “Harpazo,” further described as the “catching away.”
However, in my quick search, I discovered one Jewish New Year of which I had never heard: T’Bu Shvat. This Jewish New Year is the Festival of New Life or the Festival of the Fig tree, characterized by the planting of trees.
Most believers understand that the symbol of the nation of Israel is not the so-called Star of David; rather, Israel is symbolized by the Menorah and the fig tree. Jesus said, “Now when you see the first signs of green on the fig tree, you know that summer is near.” In this sense, summer means the time of full ripening of the fruit.
In my dream, the churches were in their rightful places, all represented on the table. Those with true fire were in Heaven while those with false light still operated in the Earth.
My sister’s birthday poses an interesting parallel to Israel. She was born the year of the Six-Day War when Israel took control of Jerusalem. In Matthew 24, Jesus marked the time of the end as a time in which all the things He listed — wars, earthquakes, famine, pestilence — were happening all at once all over the world. Of those alive at that time, he said, “This generation shall not pass away until all these things be fulfilled.”
Jesus said something interesting about prophesy to His disciples. He said, “In such a time as you think not, the Son of Man will return. Therefore be ready.” Since most of God’s prophets are certain that Jesus will return on a major Jewish holiday, maybe T’Bu Shvat, the mostly ignored Jewish celebration of the budding of the fig tree signifies the End of the Church Age and the beginning of God’s reconciliation of the Hebrew people to Himself.
“For if the Goodman of the House had known what hour the thief would come, he would not have suffered his house to be plundered.” Jesus described His role in taking the True Body of Christ out of the world as a “Thief in the Night.” Part of the reason so many have failed to accurately predict the Return is precisely because Jesus kept the date from the enemy. Now, in these last days, knowledge is increasing. God’s mysteries are often hidden in plain sight, and such a mystery could be the Return on a seemingly minor New Year that may mean more to the Son of God than it has meant to men.
New Life in Israel signifies the end of the “Times of the Gentiles,” the necessary blindness of the Jews coming to a close when the “fullness of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” January 27, 2021, is the closest date for T’Bu Shvat and would certainly prevent my sister’s earthly birthday from celebration should the gathering occur.
I heard word that a trusted source had seen plans for the temple construction in Jerusalem. The original site may not be on the grounds of the mosque as previously thought. As Bible prophecy begins to play out before our eyes, keep vigilant. The time is now to pray without ceasing, giving thanks, encouraging each other. “We are not, Paul said, “as others who have no hope.”